FOX Sunday: January 4, 2015

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The Simpsons – “The Man Who Came to Be Dinner”  

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AVOID THIS EPISODE LIKE THE PLAGUE, IT MIGHT KILL YOU!

This was by far the worst episode of the season, breaking all the rules of the show for a terribly uninteresting and forgettable story.  In what felt like an extended-length Treehouse of Terror short, the family found themselves abducted by aliens and put in a zoo, until they have to decide which one of them to sacrifice to the aliens.  It doesn’t turn out to be a dream.  It’s nobody’s fantasy.  This actually happened.  This piece of trash, err, episode made absolutely no sense as a plausible story, even for The Simpsons.  In fact, this felt like watching a [bad] work of fan fiction that the writers decided to produce due to a lack of new scripts on their end.  


 Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Beach House” 

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GRAB SOME SLIGHTLY STALE SEA SALT AND VINEGAR CHIPS AND WATCH THIS

The squad takes their annual weekend trip together, but Peralta invites the Captain along after he finds out the Captain was always left out of social gatherings when he was younger.  A decent episode that explored new friendships such as Gina and Amy, which was refreshing, and also further humanized the Captain which is always appreciated.  If you’ve watched the rest of the season, there’s no reason not to watch this one.  


 Family Guy – “Stewie, Chris & Brian’s Excellent Adventure” 

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WORTH WATCHING ON YOUR OFF-BRAND TABLET TO HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP AT NIGHT

Chris is about to fail a history test, so Brian and Stewie decide to use their time machine to take Chris back in time so he can experience history firsthand.  What I liked about this episode is that it was one of the few times we see Chris and Stewie interact for more than ten seconds.  My favorite joke of the night was President Jefferson addressing Congress about the Louisiana Purchase: “Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri… come on people, what are the odds that all of these states will suck?”


 Bob’s Burgers – “Midday Run” 

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CATCH UP ON YOUR “WORDS WITH FRIENDS” GAMES AND HAVE THIS ON IN THE BACKGROUND

As I said in my last review, I don’t like Tina as the driving character in episodes.  So sure enough, this episode is about Tina being a hall monitor.  Sigh.  Look, it was a decent episode, and it’s probably just my personal taste, but I’d actually really like a break from these Tina-themed episodes for all the reasons I brought up in my last review.  You can watch this episode, but don’t go out of you way to watch it.  Unless you have OCD and it will bother you if you miss an episode.  Then you should watch it. 

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